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    Sydney, Australia
    Soccer, guitar, cello
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    If I was giving a kWh for every suggested idea of perpetual motion I read, I would probably ironically be able to travel perpetually...


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Posted 02-03-2009 at 01:42 PM by mattW Comments 3
Posted in Editorials
The DIY website has been going under some pretty impressive changes and has included some pretty interesting threads over the past few months, but with over 3000 members and an average of 400 new threads a week there is a lot of content to go over. So I thought it would be helpful to pick out some of the highlights of what I have found to be the most interesting threads and developments of DIYelectriccar over the past few weeks:

The DIY Garage; Robert has done an amazing job in designing,...

Posted 02-03-2009 at 01:34 PM by mattW Comments 1
Last week I said that this blog would be part journal, part guide to the conversion process but I've decided to separate those two categories by having a build thread for the bike with pretty pictures and having this blog as a sort of step by step guide. I'll still give you updates here but primarily the build thread will be about how I'm doing it and the blog will be about how you can do it. Step one in that process is making your plans, what do you need to know in advance before you start in order...

Posted 02-03-2009 at 01:32 PM by mattW Comments 8
I have been researching Electric Cars since September last year, in that time period I have gone through many plans and thrashed out many budgets as I worked out how a student could make a satisfactory EV. I have planned an RX7, CRX or Civic and pick-up conversion, even to the point of being outbid on eBay for a donor. I started my own mini EV project as documented on this Blog, but since it was going to be just a toy, that I couldnít fit in and didnít feel comfortable giving away without testing,...

Posted 02-03-2009 at 01:21 PM by mattW Comments 154
I've decided to try and work out the cost comparisons for a Lithium pack vs a Lead pack for a set range and a set number of years. Is Lead Acid actually cheaper or does is just seem that way up front? This article aims to find that out. The method is to get 10kWh of usable energy, Iíll try to get that with Lead and with Lithium and see what we find is cheaper in the long run. Assuming an efficiency of 250Wh per mile (a compact car) we should get a range of 40 miles (65km) with either pack. Iíll...

Posted 02-03-2009 at 01:19 PM by mattW Comments 11
Posted in Editorials
Ah Oil, weíve had plenty of good times together havenít we? Remember me learning to driveÖ buying my first carÖ our first road trip together. Weíve made some pretty good memoriesÖ you and I. But if Iím honest I think we should start seeing other fuels. The last thing I want to do is hurt you but I think we are just drifting apart, heading in separate directions. You are having such a fantastic career, youíve really found your niche and that more expensive demographic really suits you. I know your...
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